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By Zeus who Frags ·
I had a motherboard which couldn't recognize hard disks > 8Go. When I bought one (IBM) 14Go, I formatted it with the patch to recognize it. It resulted a Fat32 system which cannot be recognized under dos (floppy boot) unless a particular operation (press space bar before reading a floppy otherwise the HD will not be recognized).
Now, I have an Athlon. I would like to convert the Fat into a classic Fat32 file system without reformatting it (too many data). I don't want to see this blue message each time I boot!
How could I do that?

Thanks.

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by thedrummer2006 In reply to Strange Fat32

The other guys here have some good answers but let me tell you I have run into some problems before with doing just these. This is a little bit overkill but I have an IBM 10.1g drive and have done quite a bit of formating and reinstalling. If you want to eliminate any possible problems in the future, goto http://www.storage.ibm.com/techsup/hddtech/welcome.htm and download the DFT-V152.exe file.

!!BACKUP ANYTHING YOU WANT TO KEEP!!
run this program. it will make you a bootable floppy disk which contains software to check your drive for errors and it also has a LOW LEVEL FORMATING tool which will write over all of the data on the drive with 0's. This will erase all data and partitions.
When this is done bootup with a Windows startup disk and run fdisk. Setup your new partition-s, and reinstall your operating system. Then run fat32 converter in windows.
Once this is done you should be able to install everything back onto your drive and be problem free.

Ive run into long term problems by not doing t

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Strange Fat32
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by JPTech In reply to Strange Fat32

I've never used the IBM drive overlay program, but I have used seagate and westerndigital versions. With them, all you have to do is boot from the drive overlay bootdisk, prob the one you used to setup the drive, then look through the options (maybe under advanced) and there should be an option to disable the drive overlay software and after it is disabled, there should also be an option to remove it.

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Strange Fat32
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by lallen01 In reply to Strange Fat32

Goto www.storage.ibm.com/techsup/hddtech/welcome.htm. Download the DFT-V152.exe file located there.

Please be sure to do a complete backup of all that you want to keep. Then run this program. Follw the prompts to make a bootable floppy and can do HD checks. A LOW LEVEL FORMATING tool which will write over all of the data on the drive. This will erase all data and partitions.
When this is done bootup with a Windows startup disk and run fdisk. Setup your new partitions, and reinstall your operating system. Run the fat32 converter in windows.
Once this is done re-install everything.

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by Zeus who Frags In reply to Strange Fat32
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by fred_e944 In reply to Strange Fat32

Sounds like the "patch" applied to "recognize" the large drive was EasyDrive or similar. The utility that installed the patch (floppy disk ?) should be able to replace the MBR (which now contains the BIOS patch) with the saved, original MBR which it still transfers control to after loading the BIOS extension. If you don't still have the disk you formatted it with look on Manufacturer's website. You may need Partition Magic afterwards to clean up partition sizes.

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